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Slaughterhouse-Five 1 Explore the use of So it goes Is it to be viewed as resignation to the horrors of death Is it Billys response Vonneguts Yours So it goes is Billy Pilgrims theory regarding death He is simply saying that death is no big deal Since he saw so much death in World War II and witnessed a bombing two times as worse as Hiroshima he deals with death much differently than others Because of everything he has gone through Billy has become numb to death It has become a regular situation in his life Billy first uses this saying on page 2 when he is talking about the death of Gerhard Mullers mother Because Billy often travels to and from Tralfamadore he has become accustomed to using their theories about life When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments Now when I myself hear that somebody is dead I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people which is So it Goes 27 Billy thinks that there is no complete death and it has no finality Humans are often outraged at his theory when they hear Billy talking about it They cannot comprehend how someone can be so emotionless about death The most important thing that I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die He is still very much alive in the past so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral All moments past present and future always have existed always will exist 26-27 Billy uses this as a defense mechanism for life This shows that Billy will always live in a dream world Billys response is Vonneguts response in Slaughterhouse-Five But Vonneguts memories were too painful for him
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